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'm going to take a few minutes today to honor my colleague, the senior senator from new mexico, jeff bingaman, as he retires from a long career of service to our country. for 30 years, senator bingaman has been a dedicated representative of the people of new mexico, but for those -- for 26 of those years, he was a junior senior from new mexico. the only person that i know of that was a junior senator longer than senator bingaman was fritz hollings. he was a junior senator for many, many decades to strom thurmond. but 26 years here in the senate still makes you a fairly senior member. jeff served alongside senator pete domenici, the longest serving senator in new mexico's history, until in 2009 he was the most senior junior senator. still, mr. president, jeff bingaman has never been one to get hung up on titles or credits. if there were ever the conscience of this body, it's jeff bingaman, a man who has been called by others, including by ron dorgan, a -- including byron dorgan, a workhorse. that's really true. for three decades, he has quietly and with dignity fought for the people o
objection, the gentleman from new mexico is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to honor one of new mexico's great leaders, new mexico speaker of the house, ben lujan, who passed away tuesday night after his battle with lung cancer. speaker lujan is the speaker of our colleague, congressman ben ray lujan. first elected to the legislature in 1974, ben lujan served as speaker of the house from 2001 until 2012. throughout his tenure in the house, speaker lujan showed he was a champion for working families, a tireless advocate for his constituents and an absolute master of legislative strategy. mr. heinrich: at the beginning of this year when speaker lujan spoke to the legislature as to his battle with cancer, he asked that their time on earth is worthwhile and to, quote, make a difference for the children, our working families and for the elderly. speaker lujan has inspired me and so many new mexicans to do just that. our good thoughts and prayers are with his wife, carmen, with ben ray, and with the rest of the lujan family. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentle
of state in history. new mexico one. number two, why fake a concussion? she said she would testify in january. there is witch hunting going on. >> andrea: because she is a clinton. >> eric: nobody questions her ability on secretary of state. on the show we said she has been a fantastic secretary of state. >> dana: who did? >> eric: i did. but nonetheless, four people are dead. she said i'll take responsibility. >> they fire the valet parker at the state department. the janitor got fired. the man delivering the mail was let go before christmas. firing people all over the place. one of the guys today i'm in charge of romania. whatm i doing here? i don't know what happened. >> dana: they're career state department officials with "x" amount of time in government. >> here is how bad it is. it couldn't use the sound bite for house or senate side. there wasn't one interesting sound bite i could use. everybody was going i don't know anything about it. i wasn't there. i don't know. >> greg: the real winners are the media. they no longer have to report because they get a report. they got a c
that lights up the room . that is the mug shot. sarah richardson after being busted for drunk driving in new mexico. she resigned her crown . patti ann. >> earlier in the show we asked if you think that president obama should step in and give marine john hammer who is held in jail for a bogus gun charge. here are your responses. >> this marine fought for the president's freedom just as he did yours or not. the president should have settled this four months ago. >> lisa said all prisoners of a foreign government should be sent back to their home countries for legal issues. >> it should be a simple call for president obama to make. i don't understand why he hasn't gotten involved yet. this guy has a purple heart and it would be great for him to be able to come home for the holidays. >> it is time for an awesomely
with whom i had the honor to serve these past two years, senator jeff bingaman of new mexico, chairman of the energy committee. simply one of the kindest, smartest, gentlest people i've ever met. it's been a great pleasure working with him on the energy and natural resources committee. i remember we were both speaking at a conference on advanced energy research this last year out at national harbor. thousands of scientists, investors and entrepreneurs were there. i pulled up in front of the massive convention hall and right out in front, prius with new mexico plates. sure enough, chairman jeff bingaman jumps out of the driver's seat -- no staff -- so here's the chairman of the senate energy committee, a senator for nearly 30 years, driving himself to a major policy speech in his prius. practicing what he preaches, prepared to deliver an important speech in a moment that showed his humility. as unassuming a man as senator bingaman is, when he speaks, you listen. he's living proof that the value of one's words can and should exceed their volume. that day at national harbor, senator binga
at the situation in mexico with david barstow. a new study is predicting a current trends hold fatalities caused by guns in the u.s. will likely exceed those caused by traffic incidents for the first time by 2015. according to bloomberg news, while motor vehicle deaths dropped 22% from 2005 to 2010, firearm deaths are now on the rise from a low point in 2000. based on a 10-year average trend, gun deaths will jump to almost 33,0002015, while auto deaths will drop to 32,003 had experts attribute the shift to public policy, including stricter vehicle standards restrictions on young drivers and a number of new safety laws. those are some of the headlines. this is "democracy now!," democracynow.org, the war and peace report. i'm amy goodman with juan gonzalez. >> welcome to all our listeners and viewers from around the country and around the world. funerals continue in newtown, connecticut after friday's shooting rampage that left 20 students and six staff members dead at the sandy hook elementary school. for more children were laid to rest wednesday, as well as the principle of the school, dawn hoch
be joined by senator tom udall from new mexico and with the report out which blasts the state department for not doing good enough job to protect our personnel in benghazi, joe cirincione, our foreign policy guru will be here as well. we'll get right into it. president obama's big announcement at the white house briefing room yesterday. but first... >> this is the "full court press." >> here are the other things you need to know before you head out the door this morning. you wouldn't think you would ever hear steven spielberg call chris christie one of his heroes but the liberal hollywood heavyweight praised him as one of his personal heroes saying christie was able to put politics aside for the greater good during hurricane sandy and that was really telling about him and what he did was right and he did it right at the end of an election cycle too. spielberg's other heroes, nelson man elidel la, bill clinton and gaby giffords around -- nelson mandela, bill clinton and gaby giffords. >>> abc's sam donaldson is in t
, sarah richardson, after being busted for drunk driving in new mexico. 22-year-old resigned her crown as miss has cruces. >>> a man reportedly wore all of his vacation clothes at the same time to the airport in order to avoid the fees for his luggage being too heavy. smart travel says he could have avoided that by investing in clothes from scott everest, they have hidden compartments so you don't need a bag to travel. now you know. gretch, back to you. >> gretchen: all right. thanks, steve. for one american family, two months is turning into a tragic holiday season. 32-year-old pastor most likely won't be home with his wife and children for christmas. he's being jailed in iran, even though no formal charges have been filed against him. the iranian born christian convert is an american citizen. but was taken into custody while visiting family in the country. since then his family has been working around the clock to get him free. >> few weeks ago he told me there is prisoners hurting him and there was a couple around of interrogators, the second round had hit him and had physically abu
washington post" -- again, this is a front-page story in "to washington post." next up is john in new mexico. john, tell us your story. caller: good morning. i was raised in texas, and my grandfather had a farm. a rite of passage is when a boy turns six or seven, you teach them how to shoot with a .22. we never had more than anything with three bullets in it. we would go out in the woods with two bullets sometimes and we could shoot two deer. that is all we brought. the man had two bullets in a double barrel shotgun. i just do not understand. right now i have a remington bicentennial 742 semi-automatic hunting rifle. it is probably the most beautiful rifle remington ever made. it shoots four. you can put three and the magazine. i have never needed more than one bullet. host: all that said, john, what changes would you support to the current gun laws? caller: we need to do away with all of these big clips. you take any gun and put a big magazine in it, you make it a war gun. who buy these guns and there are so many people buying guns that do not have any business owning a gun. who's to say wh
comes ever closer. >> a different kind of click now -- thousands of mystics, new-age and deals and fans of pre- hispanic culture made their way to mexico in hopes of witnessing great things in less than 24 hours now. that is when the old mayan calendar predicts the end of the current world and the dawn of a new one. >> many of today's ethnic maya do not understand what all the fuss is about. mostly christian, they have looked on in wonder at the influx of foreign tourists to ancient cities in southern mexico and central america was a past hundreds of years ago. -- whose heyday past hundreds of years ago. >> they are dancing according to an ancient mayan ritual in preparation for the end of the world. these days, the famous complex in guatemala is full of visitors. many tourists have come to experience the big day. >> there are mixed feelings. some believe the world is going to end. others believe it is the end of one era and the beginning of another. democrats are also gathering at mayan sites in mexico. tour groups from around the world have come with widely varying expectations, but n
of this year at the conclusion of the 112th congress -- daniel akaka of hawaii, jeff bingaman of new mexico, scott brown of massachusetts, kent conrad of north dakota, jim demint of south carolina, kay bailey hutchison of texas, herb kohl of wisconsin, jon kyl of arizona, joseph lieberman of connecticut, richard lugar of indiana, ben nelson of nebraska, olympia snowe of maine, and jim webb of virginia. they have all worked ceaselessly to give their constituents the best representation and give the country the benefit of their views, their wisdom and their experiences. they're men and women who are committed to the nation and they have every day in different ways contributed to this senate and to our great country. and i want to thank them personally for their service and in so many cases their personal kindness to me. to listen to my points and to -- together hopefully serve this senate and this nation in a more positive and progressive way. in particular let me say a few words about some of the members who i had the privilege to work with very closely. senator daniel akaka, had who like hi
by christmas if not the new year will be a bit rough are for the country of mexico. trust me. traverse city, michigan. i'm curious why you made phone of the california highway patrol director making $500,000 a year. does he not earn the money in your mind? folks can't afford to pay pluck employees that kind of money, ken, it's as simple as that john of verronna, new jersey. i'm a retired fire captain with $89,000 pension. have you demonized all public safety workers, bill. that's bull, john, you know it your pension sounds reasonable to me. but the state of california is totally out of control in their payments to public workers. that's why the state is tottering on bankruptcy. and that's hurting everybody in california. and finally tonight, the factor tip of the day the town that hates christmas. that would be great barrington, massachusetts nevada in the berkshire mountains. for years the pinheads who run that down have been discouraging people from putting out displays of christmas. this year, they are banning them on main stright allegedly because of a reconstruction project. that's bol
. you don't have to -- jo expect him to threaten mexico. i don't expect him to diminish the new president or lodge any charges. that's my job. i will do that but certainly the president can say we are very concerned woe would like mexico mexico to do the humanitarian thing and release him. what would be wrong with that senator? >> i hope that that happens by december 25th. >> bill: why hasn't it happened since august? it's now december. come on. why hasn't it happened? >> well, bill, you and i know that the president has got so much to attend to. that's why i cited abraham lincoln. greatness is defined and you know this, senator. >> let's get him out. let's get him out. first of all, here's where the breakdown is. and by the way, i have talked to the mexican ambassador to the united states now several times. most recently today by the way he is a good guy. he is working very hard to make sure that this happens here is the big travesty the fact that he was picked up in the first place when he didn't have any mean evil attempt. secondly that a justice system is so slow that a fede
a gun that alcohol, tobacco and firearms manager purchased wound up at cartel crime scene in mexico. william la jeunesse live in our west coast news hub this afternoon. william? >> investigators want to know, shepard, if the number two man at phoenix atf broke the law and ran guns to mexico. not just weapons that others bought illegally but weapons that he bought. the story begins it unravel last month when mexican chief got in a shootout with the cartel. killed in that battle was mexican beauty queen gamez reportedly a friend of the cartel. police recovered several weapons there one traced to a top fire fast and furious gun no, sir surprise. the second weapon was. assistant director george jill let who overall fast and furious. the form that he used to buy his guns to gillette failed to fault gun he enforces. using office address twice. wrongly calling the atf building an apartment and using the strip mall for a second address rather than his residential address as required. we have reason to believe that the addresses that he gave wrong addresses and this was -- that could be a fr
television news." >> reporter: tourists are flocking to mexico and guatemala to sites where the ancient maya lived and where their descendents are channeling the wisdom of their forebearers. >> we're hoping for some sort of a contact event, meet some beings of other species and really just asking for help. >> reporter: in the meantime, archaeologists keep trying to explain it's the end of an era, not of the world. the ancient maya split time into periods of 400 years and tomorrow is the end of a cycle of 136. 7,000 miles away in moscow, a cold war era bunker is being prepared. "the enemy of the state has launched atomic missiles" says the voice. maybe this time it will be an asteroid. the plan is to have a party tonight and wait it out. entry fee: a thousand dollars. in china, hundreds of people from the almighty god cult have been arrested for distributing leaflets. their crime? not warning of the end of the world but promoting war on the big red dragon-- the communist party. in the south of france it's believed by new ages to be the only safe place in the world. something to do with the sh
. megyn: we are getting some significant new information on a u.s. marine jailed in mexico as we get some specific details on why mexico is digging in its heels against releasing this vet. up next, we'll talk to a u.s. congressman and marine who says he is ready to go south of the border himself to free that veteran from this nightmare situation. how's he going to do that? we'll ask him next. >>> and this is new fallout from the president's news conference yesterday after he appeared to suggest that the reason it's so hard to get things done in washington in particular a deal on this fiscal cliff is because the republicans just don't like him. that debate just ahead. >>> and a lawsuit over a movie seen by virtually every american every christmas as the yellow-eyedville ape of "a christmas story" heads to court. farcus in kelly's court. stay tuned. ♪ megyn: welt, we are getting new details today on the challenge to free a marine held in a dangerous mexican prison. john hammer's family had hoped to see him for christmas, but we are just learning the specific concerns raised in a recent le
of the world, 12-21-12. they believe it's the beginning of a new era. you have to come to mexico to discover what is it. >> reporter: mel gonzalez say the calendar as an opportunity. he opened a boutique hotel. >> judging by the number of hotels built in town and tour operators created, we can tell there's a lot of expectations. a few hotels in town are giving discounts because it's the end of the world. >> reporter: some mayans have complained about the exploitation about their culture, but she says they're in the mirnlt. >> what i have seen is they're very happy. they see the benefit, because the nice about the tourism is that they share -- it shares the benefit with everyone. >> others disagree. alphonso running tourist tlus the communities and say the dollars are going elsewhere. >> most of the money is spent in transportation and they don't own taxis, hotels and restaurants. here they don't have those services yet. >> yet may be the word. hotels across the five mayan states are nearly sold out ahead of the big date. the hope is interest in the culture is long-term assuming everybody sur
. there are new developments now in the botched gun running sting fast and furious. investigators in mexico have reportedly linked a gun found at the site where this mexican beauty queen was killed, and now we are learning another gun recovered at the scene is linked to a former assistant special agent in charge of the atf in phoenix. what is going on here? william la jeunesse linking this together. tell the story, william what is up? >> reporter: it's a little bizarre. investigators want to know if the second man in charge of atf phoenix broke the law and ran guns to mexico. not just weapons that others bought illegally, but a gun that he bought. this story begins the day after thanksgiving when mexican police get in a shootout with the sinaloa cartel. they recover several weapons including a powerful belgian made semi-automatic traced back to the assistant in charge of atf phoenix. police trace a second weapon to the biggest buyer of guns in operation fast and furious. now investigators want to know, is this a coincidence? how does a gun belonging to the guy running the fast and furious invest
and the mayans believe it's the beginning of a new era. you have to come to mexico to discover what is it. >> reporter: also seeing the calendar as an opportunity, he opened a boutique hotel to the closest town. >> tour operators are being creative. we can tell there's a lot of expectation. a few hotels in towns are giving discounts because it's the end of the world. >> reporter: some mchl ayans have complained about the expectation of their culture. >> they are very happy. they see the benefit because the nice thing about the tourism is that it shares the benefit with everyone. >> reporter: others disagree. alfonso runs tour are rifts in this mayan community and says the tourist dollars are going elsewhere. >> most of the money is spent in transportation and they don't owe taxes, hotels, restaurants. here they don't have those services yet. >> reporter: yet may be the word. they have sold out ahead of the date. the hope is that interest in the culture is long term. assuming everybody survives december the 21st. wolf, one static stat tis stick to throw at you, they've generated some $50 b
prophecy. in mexico, we met star mozer, who plans to be at the mayan ruins friday, praying to her crystal skull. she believes this will mark the dawn of a new, more enlightened age. others, not so much. >> i'll be in my shelter in texas, just in case. >> reporter: just in case? >> just in case. i would feel really silly that i went and put a nice shelter underground and i wasn't in it come december 21st. >> reporter: right after that, he plans to come straight back to l.a. to build more. david wright, abc news, montebello, california. >> that brings us to our facebook question of the day. >> we want to know what do you think will happen as the mayan calendar ends? logon to our facebook page to weigh in. wnn fans.com. >> are you ready, sunny? have you made any preparations? >> i don't know if i want to survive if the planet is going to be blown up. >> you come out of your bunker and you're like -- >> just go with everyone else. a doomsday brew. >> exactly. have a cold one. go out gracefully. go out happy. make it count. make the last second count if it ends tomorrow. if i go in one of thos
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